The New Oxford Book of War Poetry (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198704485

Jon Stallworthy
448 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Nov 2015
Oxford Books of Prose & Verse
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  • New edition of a classic and celebrated anthology of war poetry
  • Includes poems from ancient times to the present day
  • Chosen by Jon Stallworthy, a well-known anthologist and biographer of Wilfred Owen
  • The new selection provides new coverage of recent wars

New to this Edition:

  • Offers an updated selection of poems
  • Provides coverage of more recent wars

There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. Jon Stallworthy's classic and celebrated anthology spans centuries of human experience of war, from Homer's Iliad, through the First and Second World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the wars fought since. This new edition, published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, includes a new introduction additonal poems from David Harsent and Peter Wyton amongst others. The new selection provides improved coverage of the two World Wars and the Vietnam War, and new coverage of the wars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

About the author: 

Edited by Jon Stallworthy, Emeritus Professor of English, Wolfson College, Oxford
Jon Stallworthy was a poet and Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Oxford University. He was a Fellow of the British Academy, and the author of many distinguished works of poetry, criticism, and translation. Among his books are critical studies of Yeats's poetry, and prize-winning biographies of Louis MacNiece and Wilfred Owen (hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the finest biographies of our time'). He was an editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and of the definitive edition of Wilfred Owen's poetry.

quite simply the most rewardingly catholic anthology of battle verse I know. Homer, Byron, Macauley, Hardy - and more recently, Keyes, Reed, Lewis, Douglas and Prince - they're all here, plus an excellent brief essay of introduction. - Times Educational Supplement

a marvellous collection of old favourites and many surprises. - The Star

This collection is of exceptionally high quality. - Washington Post

full of good things...many old favourites and quite a few genuine surprises. - Vernon Scannell, The Guardian

This is an anthology that works in a way that the work of no single poet could. - The Observer

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